Many national professional organizations allow medical student membership at a reduced fee. Membership in these groups may give access to online resources, networking with mentors, reduced cost subscriptions to the American Journal of Surgery, scholarship opportunities, etc. Remember to add any groups that you officially join to your CV! Updated 5/27/2012
American College of Surgeons
Application fee is $20 and membership lasts until graduation from medical school. See membership benefits and application. Note: Application must be cosigned by the Chair of Surgery, Dr. Naji Abumrad. Email Christopher Dornbusch the fax #/contact info listed on the application and he will send a confirmation letter from the Chairman's Office for you.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Annual membership fee of $25 (or $12.50 after July 1st). See benefits and application. The STS offers the Looking to the Future Scholarship to approximately 20 medical students every year. This scholarship includes cost of two night hotel stay, meeting fees, and $500 towards travel expenses to the STS Annual Meeting. You do not have to be a member to apply for this scholarship.
Society for Vascular Surgery
Membership fee is $25 and membership lasts until graduation from medical school. See benefits and application here. The SVS has several different scholarships to attend the SVS Annual Meeting, including the Medical Student Travel Scholarship ($600), Introduction to Research Principles Scholarship ($1000), and Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarship ($1000). Over 50 awards are given out per year and you do not need to be a member to apply.